Thursday, 28 July 2011

Marine Modelling International - August 2011

A first for me with this issue. My first ever cover shot!

Tha Magazine features a model boat plans introduction on Scillonian III with many more pictures taken of and aboard her inside. In the shops from today!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Prince Rock

Cattewater Harbour Commision tug Prince Rock see here in Plymouth on Friday 22nd July. Built by VT Halmatic she is one of 4 tugs built to this design, the other 3 in service in Russia. I understand this class of tug and a smaller version is available from Mustang Marine in Wales following VT Halmatic's withdrawal from the market place.

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SD Careful

Seen at Plymouth on Friday 22nd July.

SD Florence

SD Florence, a single unit tractor tug seen at Devonport.

SD Powerful

SD Powerful at Devonport on Friday 22nd July. An interesting choice of name for a tug of nearly 40 metres and only a modest bollard pull of 26 tons!

SD Adept

SD Adept at Devonport alongside a sister vessel on 22nd July 2011.

SD Faithful

SD Faithfull a Twin Unit Tractor Tug (TUTT) seen in and around Plymouth/Devonport on Friday 22nd July.

SD Deborah

The final Serco vessel as part of the 29 vessel order was the Damen ASD tug SD Deborah. THis is the smallest Damen ASD tug ever produced. It will be interesting to see if, and more likely when this design is produced for a 'commercial' operator bringing the many advantages of small high powered stern drive tug to the table.

Here we see SD Deborah alongside a sister vessel in Devonport on Friday 22nd July.

SD Hercules

The first of 16 tugs to enter service for Serco Marine Services and part of a 29 vessel order. SD Hercules has now been in service for her owners since completion by Damen Shipyards in early 2009. Here we see her in and around Devonport on Friday 22nd July.

Brittany Ferries - Plymouth

Pont Aven departing Plymouth on Friday 22nd July

Looking rather boxy compared to her fleetmate we see Amorique departing Plymouth on Wednesday 20th July.

Scillonian III - Thursday 21 July 2011

Heading across Mounts Bay returning to Penzance in wonderful evening light.

VIC 24 (Advance)

On the bank or the River Plym we see the steam powered VIC 24 laid up. The vessel has been here for many years and believed to have been scrapped by many but as the below pictures show she remains - and in near original condition.

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Bristol Temple Meads - 17th July 2011

Two steam specials are operating out of Bristol on summer Sundays, the Torbay Express to Kingswear and the Weymouth Seaside Express (to Weymouth!).

Here we see both returning to Bristol Temple Meads this evening.

The Torbay Express was first to arrive behind replica A1 Tornado .

The two meet . .

5029 Nunney Castle waiting to depart with empty coach stock having set down her passengers.

Note - Above pictures and video taken with an iPhone 4.

An afternoon on MV Balmoral - Monday 11th July.

Keeping the tradition alive MV Balmoral has spent the last week on the Bristol Channel. Here we take an afternoon cruise to Minehead on Monday 11th July from Penarth Pier.

The ship arrives from Clevedon, only her second day in service this year.

The Forward lounge/bar has been refitted to a high standard over the winter months . .

. . . thanks to a grant from 'The Peoples Millions'.

Pasing the BBC Orinoco inbound for Royal Portbury Dock.

Great cruising weather!

Alongside at Minehead with passenger transfer underway.

About to depart for a cruise of Porlock Bay.

At minehead station we saw Braunton - a West Country Class Pacific.

Bal returning from her cruise. Together with Waverley the ships provide a now unique opportunity for many to see the UK coastline.

Approaching Minehead.

Alongside at Minehead.

Passengers enjoying the cruise back to Penrth.

A rather misleading bit of marketing at Penarth Pier!

Outbound for Clevedon.